Snorkeling and meeting Big Emma (Cabo Pulmo)

From Cabo San Luca the plan was to drive northeast up the cost to Cabo Pulmo National Park. We got on a really nice dirt road by the beach, BUT…

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The road got more difficult, because the sand got deeper and deeper… soon we were not doing more than 10 miles an hour (16 km/h), and there was still 25 miles to our destination. We would not going make it to Cabo Pulmo National Park, at least not this way.

Did we make it to Cabo Pulmo at all? Keep reading and check out our short video with highlights from Cabo San Luca to Mazatlan on the Mexican mainland:

We turned around and decided to camp by the beach for the night

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While the sun was setting we cooked our dinner, which was mashed potatoes, canned chicken and pepper sauce with cauliflower.

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Esben was the first one the try the pepper sauce!

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It was just not a pepper sauce, but a chili pepper sauce! Esben was on fire, or at least his mouth was. We first drained out as much of the pepper sauce to save the cauliflower, and then we rinsed it with water to get rid of even more of the pepper sauce. Our second try to save our dinner was with parmesan cheese. At the and we added ketchup and more parmesan cheese. We ate it, but we are not going buy pepper sauce again – not in Mexico.  

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After our dinner a donkey came by…

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Esben gave it a dog biscuit, and now it was his new best friend – which meant that we couldn’t get rid of it again

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We found a little bit of the pepper sauce, and gave it to the donkey. After touching its nose with the sauce several times the donkey left us alone – that’s how spicy/hot the pepper sauce was, that not even the donkey liked it wlEmoticon-smilewithtongueout Snorkeling and meeting Big Emma (Cabo Pulmo)

Nest morning we packed up the motorcycles, while two dogs were resting in the shade of Esben’s motorcycle – What is it with Esben and dogs?

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We came to a small town called Santiago, were we meet two Volkswagens (VW vans). One of them was owned by Emma and Svend – who we would meet up with the next day… They had been camping at a nearby hotspring called El Chorro – so why not go there?

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El Chorro Hotspring is located in the mountains just west of Santiago. Esben jumped in the warm water, which was about 100 Fahrenheit (38 Celcius). When it got too warm, you could dip in the water to the left of Esben (upper left picture).

We hiked further into the canyon, and enjoyed the rock formation, which almost looked like a paved path (right picture).

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We got to a small waterfall in the canyon, were we had fun jumping of the cliffs, and just cooled of in the water. It is the dry season in Mexico, so there is very little water in the waterfalls, that we have seen so far. It was a beautiful place, but if you just go there for the waterfall, visit it outside the dry season.

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It was a warm day, so Esben decided to dip his feet in the water – he did get surprised when the fishes started to “eat” of his feet

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It was the so called “Doctor fish”, and we both jumped into the water with the fishes. Esben getting the full body treatment wlEmoticon-openmouthedsmile Snorkeling and meeting Big Emma (Cabo Pulmo)

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The next day we woke up with the sun, and worked out. Trying to do strength training 1-2 times during the week, and go for hikes for a run 2-3 times a week. I really want to do 10.000 steeps a day, but it is difficult, when you just sit on a motorcycle almost everyday.

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As you see on the picture, Esben did got the work out but he also got disturbed several times by bugs, that he was trying to get a good picture of…

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We dipped in the water and packed to motorcycles to meet up with Emma and Svend at Cabo Pulmo. This time we would drive from north to south to reach the beach at Cabo Pulmo. The road was in a pretty good condition, and we only did 8 miles (12-13 km) on dirt and sand. We got to Cabo Pulmo were you see Big Emma, which is the red and yellow vintage Volkswagen. We could camp right next to each other.

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Emma and Svend had decided to live in their bus for the next 2-3 years. They live even cheaper than us, and do freelance work, to make a living. They want to experience how it is to live in other countries influenced by the local culture. Svend take amazing pictures and they write articles for their website. So check it out: www.gobigemma.com

Sometimes you just meet people you click with, that was how we felt after just spending two days with Emma and Svend. We talked a lot about traveling, and that there is so many ways to travel. They are planning to spend 5-6 mouths in Mexico, which mean they are traveling much slower than we are. They have been an inspiration for us, and we have already talked and taken the decision, that we don’t want time to control our travel, we want the country and all the great places, nature and people to be an inspiration and  give direction for our adventure. At this point it means that we will spend more time in Mexico, and we don’t know how long we will stay here… we will travel faster than Emma and Svend, we just don’t want to be on a tight time schedule, having the feel that we have to keep going every day. Read more about our thoughts behind the travel “Less is more” here: The philosophy “Less is more”

Cabo Pulmo is a protected area, which protects the beach, coral refs and all the animals in that area. We hiked further down the beach, a long the way there were several smaller coves were is was possible to jump in the water.

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Swimming and snorkeling by the coral ref

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We did get a few good shorts – we also tried to take some video, but… I also learned that I have to hold the camera as still as possible the get good video.

The life underneath the surface at Cabo Pulmo coral ref

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Groups of fish at Cabo Pulmo coral ref

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It was Saturday the 8th of April and we had a ferry to catch from La Paz to Mazatlan. We said goodbye to Emma, Svend and Baja California

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Getting out of the sand and heading towards La Paz – Goodbye Baja, and hopefully we will be able to meet up the Emma and Svend again somewhere in Mexico

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